Beach Volleyball: Canadian Men Advance to Main Draw

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

They are still in the early phases of their partnership, but that did not stop Christian Redmann of Toronto and Maverick Hatch of Comox, B.C., to grab a main draw spot at The Hague Grand Slam beach volleyball tournament (Netherlands) which is a stop on the FIVB World Tour circuit.

The Canadian pair just started a new partnership 10 days ago.

“It’s exciting playing with a new partner and we feel pretty comfortable”, Hatch said after their win over third seeded Serguei Prokopiev and Yury Bogatov (25-23 21-17). Earlier on Tuesday they beat Australia’s Malachi Murch and Cole Durant, also in two sets (21-17 21-18).

The Canadians appear to be a good combination, Redmann digging up the ball in the back and Hatch blocking away at the net.

The first set against Russia’s Prokopiev and Bogatov was close: 25-23. “We knew it was going to be a tough match, we both played this team before,” said Hatch. “I lost last year, but Chris managed to win a few times. We just focused on our own game.”

Taking risks on their serve got them a few netballs but also a lead in the second set from 14-14. “Our goal was to put on the pressure with Maverick’s serve”, said Redmann, who finished the game with a smart angle shot.

“I still think that is really a point to improve on,” added Hatch. “We really missed out on some serves. Fortunately they did the same.”

The Canadians are ambitious says Redmann.

“A top-10 result would be nice, make it out of the pool and a couple of matches after that.”

Ben Saxton of Calgary and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., also advance to the main draw defeating Emiel Boersma and Richard de Korgel of the Netherlands 21-12, 21-16 in their qualifier, Saxton and Schalk are coming off a fifth place finish at the FIVB World Cup two weeks ago. This is the first time in four World Tour appearances this season they have advanced to the main draw.

The news wasn’t as good on the women’s side for Canada. Jaimie Broder of Victoria and Kristina Valjas of Toronto as well as Heather Bansley of Toronto and Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., did not win their qualifying matches.

Main draw action starts Wednesday.

Source

News Category: 

Latest News

  • Logos
    March 25, 2020
    SPORT MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE : Yesterday the IOC and Tokyo 2020 made the official announcement that the Games would now be postponed to 2021 which will allow athletes to have some certainty and reduce their training. Hygiene and Social...
  • March 24, 2020
    Note: The full audio recording of the media conference call on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 with COC President Tricia Smith and CEO and Secretary General David Shoemaker can be downloaded here . TORONTO / OTTAWA (March 24, 2020) – The Canadian Olympic...
  • March 16, 2020
    SPECIAL NOTICE – CSIO CLOSURES March 15th, 2020 Due to the COVID -19 pandemic, the senior leadership team at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario ( CSIO ) in consultation with our Chief Medical Officer and supported by the Chair of the Board, has...
  • March 4, 2020
    By David Grossman Canadian Sport Institute Ontario believes in the power of sport and the importance of positive, inspiring role models and mentors at all levels of sport. This 5-part article series, written by award-winning sport journalist David...
  • March 3, 2020
    This joint message is from the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee comprised of Chief Medical Officers from the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network ( COPSIN )...